In recent posts, there was comment about the lack of “evidence” of our ancestors, particularly those who came from a life of poverty.  Other than some facts found on birth and death certificates and the census, it is difficult to find anything else that would tell a story of a life, “put the meat on the bones” .  There is always the hope of finding war records, medals, family bibles, photographs and so on.

Although we do not have a family bible, nor has there ever been one that I know of, I am pleased to say I have my own bible, given to me on my Christening in 1959.  It doesn’t give much information – just my name and date of the Christening, but it is something I can pass down to my children.

My Bible

My Bible

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I am researching my children’s father’s family, the Kents, and recently I was given a family bible to keep for my children so that it can be passed down the family.  It is not terribly old – it was given to my children’s great-great grandfather and great-great-grandmother on the occasion of their marriage in 1898 and has some of the family tree inside.

Kent Family Bible

Kent Family Bible

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Kent Family Tree

Kent Family Tree

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There is much now to be added to the family tree in the bible, but I hesitate to add it in as my hand writing is terrible and I would hate to spoil the lovely old bible. Perhaps I will just type it out on paper and slip it inside.

It was exciting to be given the bible and then to find the family tree inside. There were a few bits and pieces also inside including a couple of certificates, a newspaper cutting which I believe was from 1934 about the 24th anniversary of the accession to the throne of King George V. Also inside was a material postcard (for want of a better description) of RMS Marama. I found some information on the ship and it seems to have some relationship to the Titanic. I can also find some passenger lists. However, I have not been able to work out the connection as yet. I believe William Long and Dorcas Dunn, the original owners of the bible, met on board a ship en route to Melbourne. But the dates don’t match up so I doubt that has anything to do with their first meeting plus it is a Royal Mail Ship.  Looks like I have some more digging to do.

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I feel honoured to have had the bible passed to me for safe keeping until my own children have a home of their own where they can treasure it and keep it safe. While I have it here, they can enjoy looking at it when they visit without the responsibility!

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